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At its public hearing on March 10, 2015, the Herndon Town Council adopted an ordinance that moved the town's election date from the first Tuesday in May to the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, beginning in 2016. The next election for the offices of Mayor and Town Council will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. 


The term for the current Mayor and Town Council will run through December 31, 2016, with the Mayor and Town Council that are elected on November 8, 2016 entering the duties of their respective offices on January 1, 2017.

In December 2014, the council adopted an ordinance asking the Virginia General Assembly to authorize the date change.  That ordinance was submitted to the General Assembly for its consideration and vote to amend the town's charter.  The General Assembly failed to vote on the measure. 


Therefore, and in accordance with enabling legislation enacted by the General Assembly in 2000 that authorizes localities to change election dates, the Town Council reconsidered the date change at its March 10 public hearing. Following public testimony, the council adopted the measure by a 4-3 vote.

Voting Information
The election of the 2014-2016 Herndon Mayor and Town Council was held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  

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Residents of the Town of Herndon who are eligible  must register to vote in Fairfax County. To meet the deadlines, register online at or return a completed application postmarked or delivered to the General Registrar, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, Virginia, 22035-0081.
To verify your voter registration status or to update your address or name, visit  Voter registration status and on file address information is also reviewable through the Fairfax County mobile app (available for both Android and IPhone users) by using the VOTE icon, or you may call 703-222-0776.
Voter registration applications are online at, or in hard copy from the Fairfax County Office of Elections in the Government Center, (703)222-0776, libraries, and county supervisors' offices.  Voter registration forms also are available in the town clerk's office, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon, (703) 435-6804,
Absentee Voting
To vote absentee by mail for the town election, the Fairfax County Office of Elections must receive a registered voter's absentee ballot application.  Information and Applications are available on the Office of Elections website or office, the Herndon town clerk's office, county libraries, and county supervisors' offices. Completed forms showing the voter's signature may be emailed as a scanned attachment, faxed, mailed, or delivered in person. 
To determine if you are eligible to vote absentee, visit the Office of Elections website,

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Candidate Information
Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

(1)         A candidate must be qualified to vote for and to hold the office being sought.
(2)        A candidate must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

Citizens interested in running for state or local offices in Virginia, should start by downloading the appropriate candidate information bulletins, required forms and documents and other information about running for a specific office and relating to campaign finance and advertising. Information is available on the State Board of Elections web site

Candidate information, forms and reports may also be obtained online or by contacting:
Virginia State Board of Elections (
Washington Building First Floor
1100 Bank Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone (804) 864-8901
Toll Free (800) 552-9745
Fax (804) 371-0194
The Office of Elections (
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035-0081
Voter registration phone: (703) 222-0776
Absentee application fax: (703) 324-2205

Note: For the November 2016 town election ~ completed candidacy paperwork must be filed in the Fairfax County General Registrar & Office of Elections no later than 7:00 p.m. on June 14, 2016.
To volunteer as an election officer ($175 per diem to include training and Election Day) or for more information visit the website, or call (703) 324-4735 or email:

Campaign Finance Disclosure Act
In May 2011, the Town Council approved the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (Ordinance 10-O-41), which took effect January 1, 2012.  These provisions apply to candidates seeking election to all Town offices.

Campaign Finance Disclosure Act  


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